The best pal duo of Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay made up the final group on Saturday at the Travelers Championship. The pair won the Zurich Classic in New Orleans earlier this season at TPC Louisiana and were visibly comfortable throughout the third round.
They will be back together on Sunday too.
Schauffele bounced back nicely from his first bogey of the tournament at No. 13 with birdies at 16 and 17 to get to 17 under while Cantlay played consistently all day. A bogey-free 63 and seven birdies closed the gap between him and his good buddy.
They will have the last tee time for the final round, with Schauffele one shot better than Cantlay.
Here are five takeaways from round three of the Travelers Championship.
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Cantlay went hunting
Patrick Cantlay lines up a putt on the ninth green during the third round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta – USA TODAY Sports
When Patrick Cantlay went to fight Bryson DeChambeau at the BMW Championship last year, he got that look in his eye. Although DeChambeau outplayed him on every hole, Cantlay made every putt he watched during the playoffs, ultimately winning the tournament.
He had the same look in his eyes on Saturday. Just look at his response to Schauffele stuffing one out of 17.
Seven birdies, no bogeys and a chance to win on Sunday.
A movement upwards
Sahith Theegala plays a shot from the first tee during the third round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta – USA TODAY Sports
Sahith Theegala came close to winning his first PGA Tour title earlier this year at the WM Phoenix Open, but ultimately finished tied for third.
Saturday in River Highlands, the young man fell low. Thanks to five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 13th, Theegala stormed the standings with a 6-under 64.
He is three strokes behind with 18 holes to go.
More big numbers for Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy plays a shot from the first tee during the third round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta – USA TODAY Sports
Sitting at 8 under to start the day, McIlroy needed a low round on Saturday to have any chance of winning. But, another big number killed his chances.
On the short par 4 second, McIlroy fired a driver into the tree which is just 60 yards from the tee. After an adventure in the fescue, he leaves the green with a double bogey.
On Friday, a quadruple bogey dropped him in the standings after taking the lead at 13 under.
It seems to be running on fumes after a tedious period of several weeks. Two late bogeys pushed him down to 6 under for the tournament.
The child has a chance
Amateur Michael Thorbjornsen of the United States talks to his caddy as they walk along the 13th hole during the first round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on June 23, 2022 in Cromwell, Connecticut. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
A week after missing the cut at the US Open, amateur Michael Thorbjornsen has a shot at winning the Travelers Championship.
The young boy is from Wellesley, Massachusetts, a short drive from Cromwell, Connecticut. He is currently a junior at Stanford and led the Cardinal in average in his sophomore year.
After rounds of 68-65, Thorbjornsen posted a 66 on moving day and is back at six heading into Sunday.
It’s time to win, Xander
Xander Schauffele plays a shot from the ninth fairway during the third round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta – USA TODAY Sports
Yes, he won Zurich. Yes, he won the gold medal at the Olympics. But it’s been a while since Schauffele won a stroke play event on the PGA Tour. How long? Good …
Morikawa has now won the PGA Tour five times, including two major championships.
It’s time to do the work, Xander.